Executive Board and Board of Directors

2018-2019 Executive Board

ANDY NGUYEN

Chairman

COMMISSIONER ANDY NGUYEN, TARRANT COUNTY PRECINCT 2

Arriving in the United States in 1981, and in spite of the challenge of learning a new language and culture, Andy thrived with the gift of American freedom. He joined the Army National Guard, completed training in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. Andy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Management, completed Army officer training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and moved to Texas in 1992.

Andy’s first private sector job after college was as a manager in a Fort Worth, Texas-based telecommunications company. Always looking for the next challenge, he started his own telecom and information technology company, AIT Technologies, just six years later.

In 2010, he was elected to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, becoming the first Asian American elected to serve as a Commissioner of Tarrant County.  Since being elected Precinct 2 Commissioner, he has served on various Boards including United Way Tarrant County, North Central Texas Council of Government (NCTCOG), Public Employees Benefits Cooperative Board, and the Tarrant County Industrial Board.  Andy also serves on the Tarrant County Housing Finance Corporation. Additionally, as chair of Tarrant County’s eGovernment Committee and co-chair of its IT Steering Committee, Andy is leading the digital strategy to assist in managing the county’s resources more efficiently and serve its customers better. He is also an active member of the Arlington Rotary Club, and the Arlington-Mansfield Salvation Army Advisory Board.  Andy is also involved with Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Kennedale and Mansfield Chambers of Commerce. From 2002 to 2009, he also served as Chairman and President of the Vietnamese-American Community of Tarrant County.

Andy lives in Arlington with his wife, Julie Vu, and their three children.

 

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Vice-Chairman

MAYOR DAVID COOK, CITY OF MANSFIELD

Today, David is actively engaged in the pursuit of both of his passions: He’s the leader of Harris Cook’s daily operations, a prominent Family and Business Law attorney—and he’s also the Mayor of Mansfield, a post he’s held since 2008.

David was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1997, following his graduation from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, which is now known as Texas A&M University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he received a degree in Public Administration.

He’s since become one of the most sought-after Family Law attorneys in Tarrant County, a specialty in which he’s Board Certified. Within that discipline, he specializes in cases that involve Complex Division of Assets or Contested Child Custody matters, and often finds himself representing business owners.

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Secretary

MAYOR JEFF WILLIAMS, CITY OF ARLINGTON

Mayor Jeff Williams was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Arlington in May 2015 after decades of public service in Arlington.

Mayor Williams is president of Arlington based Graham Associates, Inc., an award-winning engineering and planning firm. He has worked on a host of Arlington-based projects, including: AT&T Stadium, the I.H. 30 Three Bridges Project, Globe Life Park, River Legacy Living Science Center, the Parks Mall, the Viridian development and the Richard Greene Linear Park. In 2009, Williams was presented with the State of Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award.

During his 30 years in Arlington, Williams has been heavily involved in the community. His approach to leadership is inclusive and built on a foundation of finding consensus. That can be seen in many of Williams’ projects including the 2008 Arlington City Bond Election Committee and the 2014 AISD School Bond Election Committee. He chaired both committees and both bonds passed by wide margins. In 2014, Williams served on the City of Arlington’s Comprehensive Planning Committee. Mayor Williams has held leadership and volunteer roles in a variety of Arlington organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, PTA, Salvation Army, Mission Arlington and River Legacy Foundation. His community service has been recognized with the Vandergriff Community Leadership Award.

A graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in civil engineering, Williams was inducted into the university’s Civil Engineering Academy for Engineering Excellence.

More than three decades ago, Williams and his wife Karen picked Arlington over other North Texas communities to raise their family, in part because of the quality of education in the Arlington Independent School District. All three of his children went to AISD schools throughout their public education, graduating from Martin High School. Their oldest daughter taught first grade at AISD’s Rocquemore Elementary for three years. The Williams are active members of First Baptist Church of Arlington where he has served in numerous leadership roles including chairman of the Board of Deacons and chairman of the Building, Masterplanning, and Property Acquisition Committee.

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Treasurer

MAYOR BRIAN JOHNSON, CITY OF KENNEDALE

He served as an appointed member of the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2005, and was the Chair from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Johnson was elected to City Council in 2005 and served as the Mayor Pro-Tem from 2012 to 2014.  He has a strong commitment to participation in governance at the regional and national levels and currently serves on the Tarrant Regional Transportation Council Executive Board and the National League of Cities Youth, Education, and Families Council.  He has previously served on both the Texas Municipal League Legislative Committee and the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy Committee.

 

Board of Directors

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MAYOR RON JENSEN, CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE

Ron Jensen has been a Grand Prairie resident since 1963. He graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1969 and graduated from UT Arlington with a BA in Psychology in 1973. He received a UTA Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. Ron and his wife Rebecca have been married for 41 years; they have three children Eric, Jennifer and Nichole and three grandchildren, Hannah, Victoria and Jackson.

Ron Jensen was elected Mayor in 2013 and City Council member representing District 6 in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009. While serving as a city council member, he was named Mayor Pro Tem three times. He was appointed to the Council’s Finance and Government Committee. He has served on the city’s Housing Finance Corporation and the Sports Facilities Development Corporation, City representative on the Regional Transportation Committee and on the North Texas Council of Government Executive Board. He represented the city on the State Highway 360 task force that meets regularly with TXDOT and NTTA concerning the completion of 360 south to State Highway 287. He is a member of TIF Districts 2 and 3, as well as a member and trustee at Matthew Road Baptist Church. He is also a member of the Grand Prairie Rotary Club. He has previously served as Chairman of YMCA board for two terms; YMCA Sports Committee Chair; coached soccer and basketball for four years; YMCA Campaign Chairman two years. He was the President of Grand Prairie Rotary Club, also served as Secretary-Treasurer for two years. He is a former board member of DFW Medical Hospital Board and Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Ron Jensen has received the Chamber of Commerce Public Servant Award in 2004 and the Man of the Year Award in 2007.

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COUNCILWOMAN KATHRYN WILEMON, CITY OF ARLINGTON

Kathryn Wilemon has served District 4 on the Arlington City Council since 2003. She sits on the Municipal Policy, Community & Neighborhood Development, and Economic Development committees. Kathryn is active on transportation issues as a member of the NCTCOG Executive Board and Chair of its Regional Transportation Council, member of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, and member of the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure & Services Steering Committee. Additionally, she is active in a variety of civic capacities for the City of Arlington and the North Texas region.

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PRESIDENT RANDALL CANEDY, MANSFIELD'S FROST BANK

38 year North Texas Banker. Currently President of Frost’s Mansfield Financial Center (1993-2013). Banking career has included 15 years as a real estate specialist. Has long relationship with Mansfield ISD both as a banker and as the founding President of its Education Foundation. Active in many local organizations including Board of Trustees of Tarrant County College District, Tarrant County College Foundation Board, Past President of the Mansfield Sunrise Rotary Club, board member of Methodist Health Systems, Board Chair of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Advisory Board, founding member of Mansfield Community Theatre, Past Chairman Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arlington as well as several non-profit charitable boards. Board member The Hill School of Fort Worth. He is the Chair of the Finance Committee and long time member of First United Methodist Church in Mansfield.Randall and his wife Linda have three children and have resided in Mansfield for 18 years.

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CITY MANAGER TOM HART, CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE

Tom Hart has served as Grand Prairie City Manager since 1999. Prior to that, Hart was Assistant City Manager and later City Manager in Euless for 16 years. He was one of the youngest city managers in the history of Texas when he served as City Manager in The Colony from 1978-1981. Known for his attention to world class customer service and innovative management style, Hart created the city’s popular and successful mission to “create Raving Fans by delivering World Class Service.”

During his tenure as Grand Prairie’s City Manager, he has overseen the reconstruction of the historic Uptown Theater and construction of QuikTrip Ballpark, Nokia Theatre, the Ruthe Jackson Center and Gardens, Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens, Bowles Life Center, Prairie Paws Adoption Center, the Splash Factory, Alliance Skate Park, the Public Safety Training Center, Municipal Court House, the Public Safety Building, and Active Adult Center.

Hart serves on the Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation and was named Zeus Man of the Year by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Hart was honored in the 2009 Grand Prairie Rotary Club Golf Tournament for his significant contributions to the Grand Prairie community. Hart was instrumental in founding Grand Prairie’s Rotary Club Golf Tournament in 2001, which has provided more than $1 million in dental services to Grand Prairie children.

His professional awards include, Two Joy Samson Mentoring Awards from the Urban Management Association of North Texas, The Texas City Manager’s Association Mentoring Award, The International City Manager’s Association Career Developing Award, The Cookingham Award, Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotarian of Year, and Northeast Leadership Award – North Region. Tom was past President of North Texas City Manager’s Association and Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce – Man of the Year.

He and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Austen and Travis.

PRESIDENT/CEO LORI WILLIAMS, MANSFIELD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Lori has 30+ years background in Sales and Sales Management primarily in the Staffing Industry.  She spent the last 14 years as an “Agent of Change” working with companies to spur on new growth and profits for their organizations.  Currently she is the President and CEO of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

PRESIDENT/CEO MICHELLE MADDEN, GRAND PRAIRIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Michelle Madden is the President/CEO of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.  A resident of Grand Prairie for the last 18 years, she serves on the Grand Prairie Building Advisory and Appeals Board, is Chairperson for the Grand Prairie YMCA and is a board member of Children First, Inc., as well at the Grand Prairie ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board.

With a degree in Construction Science from Texas A&M, the passion for building a community is second nature for Madden.  Former President of the Westchester on the Creek HOA and the Grand Prairie Council PTA, Madden is committed to carrying on good works of her community predecessors and building on them, with an eye on the future.

Michelle Madden lives in Grand Prairie with her husband, Steven, and children, Cameron and Trinity.

PUBLIC POLICY DIRECTOR, BILL LYNCH, GREATER ARLINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Bill Lynch is the Director for the Public Policy for the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.